Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce: The Historic Vortex
The History of the Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce
Currently, inactive perhaps waiting patiently behind the scenes to hopefully emerge once again the Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce over the years has undergone a lot of changes most of the people living in the region are most likely unaware. This Chamber has a lot of history going way back into early historic days of when Cottonwood became known as the Heart of the Valley.
After a little research of this somewhat elusive organization there netted Thomas B. Jones whose name appears closely tied to the organization for in the early years the chamber shared its location with his furniture store at 1010-1012 N Main Street, in Cottonwood.
For many years the Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce and its members were very active in serving the Verde Valley of which was a success. Sometime in the 1980s, the Verde Valley Chamber secured property and a building was constructed at the intersection of SR260 and Main Street. However, prompted perhaps by development and growth in the Verde Valley region other towns in the area started to develop creating similar organizations like the Camp Verde Chamber of Commerce and others. Thus one day it was ultimately decided by the Chambers Board of Directors the organization would better serve its local community by becoming the Cottonwood Chamber of Commerce instead sometime in the mid 90’s.
Today the Cottonwood chamber has moved to another location nearby at 849 Cove Parkway, Suite B & C, and is currently in negotiations with a couple of developers to sell the old property including the former Chamber building.
21st Century Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce
Sometime in 2006, a website developer moved back into the region looking to bring the Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce alive once again for the area as a whole and for the unincorporated areas like Cornville, Rimrock, and others. However, unlike its predecessor, this chamber was all privately funded remaining so for years and giving it quite a lot of freedom to develop community projects like Verde Valley Online, the first Verde Valley Business Directory, and others which were instant hits when they first emerged online each having a very distinct trademark of the local red rock mountains.
Like the first chamber, the second also shared a building with another local business at the beginning located in Cornville. Privately funded by a couple who invested years of their time and money the new chamber moved forward at an unbelievably alarming rate. The Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce website received more online traffic than the Sedona Chamber of Commerce or any other in the region quickly becoming a local portal for many locally and to those seeking information about the area.
Today do a Google search and there really isn’t a lot of information available on the chamber and the projects enriching the community at one time a decade ago. What happened to the Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce is still a mystery being saved for an upcoming interview. Lookup the tradename Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce through the Arizona Tradename Commision and you’ll find a current status commissioned until at least 2019. Perhaps the chamber is simply inactive for the time being as some have suspected undergoing a transformation.
In closing, stay tuned for all the details as the surprising truth emerges in an exclusive interview about what actually happened to the Verde Valley Chamber of Commerce for the legacy of this organization continues into the present as a tale of survival against impossible odds!